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Globalization East and West

Globalization East and West

256 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Do we confuse globalization for Americanization? What are the distinctive elements in the interplay of the local and the global?

This much needed book is the first full length text to examine globalization from the perspective of both the West and the East. It considers globalization as a general social and economic process, and the challenges it presents for Western social science.

The meaning of a global perspective is explored through various concrete examples: religion, migration, medicine, terrorism, global disasters, citizenship, multiculturalism, media and popular culture.

Introduced with a forward from Roland Robertson the book is brimming with novel interpretations and fresh insights that will contribute to illuminating the practical realities of globalization.


Foreword by Roland Robertson
Introduction: Prospects for a New Sociology of Globalization
Conceptualizing Globalization
Structures and Processes of Globalization
Globalization and the Nation State
Globalization, Culture and Cosmopolitanism
World Religions and Fundamentalism
Migration and Transnationalism
Medical Globalization
New Wars and Terrorism: Globalization of Militarism and Violence
Globalization of Disasters and Disaster Response
Globalization, Citizenship and Human Rights
Multiculturalism, Social Diversity and Globalization
Religion, Media and Popular Culture
Conclusions: Perpetual Peace or Perpetual War?

A wide-ranging, significant contribution
Göran Therborn
Professor of Sociology, Cambridge University

According to Turner and Khondker, globalization is an all-encompassing process by which humanity has entered a qualitatively distinct civilizational stage. Their [this] book offers a comprehensive, systematic and powerful account of the new world we are facing and will serve as an essential basis for scholarly innovations urgently required in all social sciences. This is a highly revealing yet balanced analysis of globalization that will intellectually enrich both academic and general readers
Professor Chang Kyung-Sup
Seoul National University

A lively, well-informed, and accessible guide through the dynamics and complexities of globalization. This volume shows why sociology rather than economics offers more powerful and far more subtle ways of understanding global trends and global crises
Robert Holton
Professor of Sociology at Trinity College, Dublin

Challenges the idea that globalisation is the same as Westernisation, imperialism or Americanisation. The direction of global processes is always changing, but crucially this is not a one-way street. Far too little attention has been paid to the fact that the influence of Asian culture on the West is at least as great as, if not more so, in the first decade of the 21st century as that of the West on the East
Ken Smith, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Bucks New University
Times Higher Education (THE)

The book is an essential read for anybody who engages in exploring globalisation. It presents globalisation as a more inclusive and comprehensive framework. The book makes a valuable contribution to macro and micro analyses of globalisation, rigorously contesting the view that globalisation equates Westernisation. An extremely engaging read, spanning many contexts and aspects of globalisation.

Ms Aneta Hayes
Department of Education, Keele University
February 9, 2016

Interesting read when looking at globalisation. Have passed to a Nursing lecturer who would like to adapt the book for use in creating awareness of globalisation of HIV awareness.

Mr Matthew Hirst
Arts, Business and Social Science, University Campus Suffolk
January 22, 2015

The book challenges the taken-for-granted western-centred perspectives of globalisation. It is highly critical and insightful into the complexities of globalisation and yet, it is also accessible.

Dr Miyoung Oh
Department of Sport, Sheffield Hallam University
March 20, 2014

This is an excellent text on Globalisation. It is theoretically sophisticated, critically engaging, and empirically comprehensive. The text is perhaps a little dense in parts for some undergraduate programmes, but perfect for courses on globalisation within sociology programmes in particular.

Dr Andrew Kirton
School of Sociology & Social Policy, Liverpool University
October 16, 2013

This provides a very useful and coherent overview of those components of the globalisation process, which is an inherent feature for the study of modern societies.

Mr David Walsh
Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University
November 17, 2010

Very good text with an original approach that sets it apart from many texts in the field.

Mr Nick Sage
School of Social Studies, Northampton University
September 14, 2010

My course is intended for serving seconday school teachers who expect an introduction to globalization from multiple perspectives, so that they can engage in further self-study and feel confident enough to teach their students. The first few chapters of this book that focus on concepts and theories are a bit disjointed and too oriented for readers with good sociology background. The middle section of the book contains good chapters on some aspects of globalization, such as disaster relief, medicine, and war. However, it is not always clear how these human activities, no doubt global in scale nowadays, interact (speed up or slow down, change the nature) with the process of globalization. The final few chapters on citizenship, human rights, and multiculturalism are very well written. Both theoretical and historical descriptions are well written and should be readily understood by readers from diverse background. In summary, I would suggest my students to read some of the better written chapters.

Dr Tsz LEE
Education Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University
August 11, 2010

A rather concise but book on all the important subjects of Globalisation, written from an interesting perspective. The collaboration between the two authors really adds a dimension to the book.

Mr Jaap Van Dokkum
Social Work, The Hague University
July 9, 2010

I think this is excellent for my level 3 students particularly those who are studying the globalisation of the cruise industry
This gives a broad approach to issues which relate to the globalisation and engages in comparables. A great book to use with up to date information from other sources. thank you

Patsy Morgan
Management , Southampton Solent University
May 7, 2010

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One

Chapter Two

Bryan S Turner

Bryan S. Turner is one of the world’s leading sociologists of religion; he has also devoted significant attention to sociological theory, the study of human rights, and the sociology of the body. In Vulnerability and Human Rights (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2006), he presents an interdisciplinary dialogue with the literature of economics, law, medicine, philosophy, political science, and religion. His current research involves the role of religion in contemporary Asia and the changing nature of citizenship in a globalizing world. Turner has written, coauthored, or edited more than seventy books and more than two hundred articles... More About Author

Habibul Khondker

Dr Habibul Khondker is Professor in Humanities at Zayed University, Dubai.  More About Author

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